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>> and now "bbc world news." >> some very embarrassing private remarks go public. u.s. diplomacy is laid bare as wikileaks strikes again. >> the entire notion of diplomacy is built on a conversations and interactions of trust. that is the name of the game curium >> welcome. the day in the program -- name of the game. welcome. a crime against humanity, the opinion of the south korean
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president chun last week's shelling. -- south korean president on last week's shelling. american officials instructed to spy on the u.n., one of the many revelations of the american diplomatic memos published in the newspapers of wikileaks. roughly 11,000 are marked secret, and 9000 are meant not for foreigners. but loaded onto the secure and b c web site, more than 2.5 million u.s. government personnel and soldiers have clearance. let's get the clearance news. >> this publication from the
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first batch of classified information released by wikileaks. iran is the most striking of the revelations. arab leaders concerned about iran, well enough. now it is imagined -- now it has emerged that they all but begged america to attack iran. the king of saudi arabia told them to cut off the head of the snake. letting them go on was more dangerous than stopping them. telling one american diplomat, iran or live with an iranian bomb he read. -- bomb. americans have apparently been
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attempting to move highly enriched uranium from a research reactor in pakistan. there are memos encouraging diplomats of the united nations together surprisingly detailed information on officials. leaking assessments from high- profile figures with potential for much embarrassment, the russian president was the slide -- described as playing robin to vladimir putin's that man. sarkozy is described as thin skinned and a fourth korean. america's ambassador to germany says that he is angry. >> someone creek -- committed a crime by leaking disinformation. they'd been disseminated it to the world -- they have then
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disseminated it to the world. >> speaking to the royalists in jordan from an unknown location, the founder of wikileaks defended the release. >> there are still good people in the u.s. government. some of them want to see things going the other way. >> more hits to come, some of that material that has played a part in shaping american politics. washington insists that it is not an expression of policy by itself. >> much of it may simply shed light on the handshakes and smiles behind international diplomacy. might all ridge, "bbc world news." >> a fair amount of afghan
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agitation going on, adam? >> americans have been on the phone to countries all over the world, briefing them on what they might expect as this stuff starts to come out and people really start to get their teeth into this massive database, digging around and looking for more interesting tidbits. we expect the secretary of state to speak in a few hours to address this issue curium >> there was much that was found genuinely interesting, but perhaps not necessarily surprising? >> we are still waiting for something that could change the international game in some way. much of the debt has been lent to our understanding of diplomacy as we know it today.
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you really do pickup a great deal of texture, the most striking sample being iran. people are slightly surprised that learning just how far the rest of the countries in the middle east are worried by and feel threatened by iran. these are the sorts of documents that you normally see after 35 or 40 years that historians use to write definitive histories. >> adam brooks, think you hear much -- thank you very much. their western counterparts, joining me to discuss that, james. what you think of this in terms of a picture that is going on? >> we already knew and expected
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this. arab and suny countries did not want iran to get the bomb. i do not suspect that they actually wanted the united states to bomb a run, but apparently they did. >> a senior minister in december 2008 saying that there is an 18 month to deal with them. i guess that is coming to an end. >> we have heard those that line from israel before. those deadlines to begin to slip over time. not just with israel and the united states, but other countries in the region. >> you knew that it would make life more difficult for other arab countries. >> at the moment iran seems to be giving them a way out on their official web site. one particular reaction says that analysts believe that this
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scenario was carefully orchestrated by the u.s. intelligence agencies to show the discord in the middle east, trying to avoid focusing on those comments by the king of the saudi arabia. >> perhaps that lets iran know that it is not just the united states and israel, but other countries that are also important. we understand that president ahmadinejad is giving a conference soon and he says that if you are a good muslim, perhaps you should be on the side of iran. >> you can get more on the wikileaks revelations from our web site. with full analysis on how inside is given to u.s. policy. look as some of the
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other stories making headlines around the world. candidates are calling for votes to be invalidated because of fraud in u.s. peace keepers have marred the elections. yet another blow for the earthquake devastated caribbean nation of haiti. >> all of the main opposition leaders buried their differences and announced the elections. they say that the polls should be annulled because of blatant rigging by the ruling party. the words hit the streets immediately. i saw how badly these collections were organized. i saw election officials being arrested for allegedly stuffing ballot boxes with votes for the ruling party. the anger was very rock, people felt their right to vote had been denied.
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>> there is no a standoff. here at the electoral commission there is no intention of canceling the election. however, demonstrations taking place in the streets, which is why the united nations and haitian police have reinforced their positions around this building. >> after the opposition called for elections to be canceled, some of the polling stations were gleefully destroyed. election officials sought to ride out the storm, saying they had been classified in many places. haiti is in crisis, and it had been there before. >> the big protest in egypt overnight following the parliamentary elections.
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the president's ruling party is expected to win the vote. in brazil people have -- the police have seized 40 tons of marijuana in northern rio de janeiro. after security forces went in pursuit of gangs. another round of united nations climate talks. and this time delegates are hoping to make progress on protecting forests. the south korean president is not pulling his punches. speaking publicly for the first time since last week's artillery attack in north korea. condemned as a crime against humanity, he warned the north that they would pay a price for any further provocation.
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from the department of international studies, what did you make of this kind of language from the president? >> he has definitely ratcheted up the rhetoric quite a bit. in the big picture this is a reconstitution of the foreign policy happening in south korea. >> do you feel that south korea feels they have been too soft? >> id is the sentiment amongst the public. when you have overwhelming pressure to do something rather than just words. >> there is a difficult picture here, easy to speak against the rhetoric, but in terms of fashioning beyond that without risking escalation? >> south korea does have much more to lose the north korea. what can they do?
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part of the solution is that they are already tapped into. this is something similar to the 1980's with ronald reagan. >> repeated the shelling their position in the south, it will be hard to fight back, but not? >> it is fairly easy and predictable, what they do. aggression, bargaining, and cooling down. south korea has taken advantage of that as well. >> do you think it is clear what the north really wants out of all of this?
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>> hotter heads have prevailed in the rhetoric on both sides. a hallmark of something that, if not calibrated closely, could spin out of control. >> it sounds like this will be concluding with a lot more attention. >> this is the dramatic end of the sunshine policy from north korea in the beginning of a new series of rapid conflicts. it will become the wild wild east, not the wild wild west. >> still to come, and german economic stress creating tension in europe. going back to the story from egypt, where the opposition party is accusing the party in
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power of stuffing ballot boxes. our correspondent has been telling me that feelings are running high in the capital. >> with standoffs outside the polling stations, early indications are that the ruling party will almost certainly return a substantial majority of the seats with more potential for violence. accusations are very widespread , witnessing ballot stuffing and people being bribed to vote for the ruling party. myself i was given a bag of food to vote for the ruling party, which is against the rules here. the election commission said that these allegations were not worthy of comment. >> they were standing under the name of the brotherhood?
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>> they are banned and not allowed to run candidates here. at the moment the big question about results is really how many seats they manage to pick up. -- they may get more in the run of that week. latest forecast on the state of the british economy, later today from the office of budget responsibility. stronger than originally thought, some of the analysts are warning against being too optimistic. >> this is the boss of budget susceptibility. robert choate used to head up the think tank that was critical of government policy. now he and his colleagues are providing official forecast for the treasury.
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overall they will paint a picture of continued economic recovery with weeks of the forecast. they might refuse their previous prediction of have a million job losses in the public sector. in some industries, there are concerns. building firms fear that government spending cuts could slash their work load. >> there will be a real impact on all contractors. spending will be significant, between 20% and 30%. >> the central question for next year is the extent to which the private sector can drive growth while the public sector is in retreat.
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>> this is "gmt" un "bbc world news." thousands of documents released by wikileaks showed that arab rulers were urging the u.s. to take out their run. opposition candidates said that it was great. it is not easy to be german these days. but first, business news. >> let's talk about this bailout. ireland will receive a bailout worth 85 billion euros. ireland will pay an interest rate of just under 10% of the sloan, directed towards the irish banks. we know that the allied irish bank is likely to join the anglo irish bank, but they will attempt to stay out of public
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ownership. >> the deal was finally done. european finance ministers signed off of last year's bailout for ireland. the scale was dizzying. >> the financial package of the program will cover up to $85 billion, including 10 billion euros for immediate recapitalization. $25 billion on a contingency basis. and a 50 billion recovery budget. >> 5.8% in interest on the money. leaders were quick to portray the agreement as a vital and a good deal for voters facing tough austerity measures. >> providing money that we can already borrow on international markets, the funding will be available to ireland at a
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cheaper interest rate. without these loans, but tax increases and spending cuts will be far more severe. they will be imposed far more quickly than proposed by the government's national recovery plan. >> many are not easy about the strings attached of the loans and the length of time it will take the country to pay back such a vast debt. four other euro zone countries struggling with that, the hope is that the average at rescue will shore up their own battered economies. >> there is a lot of speculation over spanish finances. it is not helpful, but we have to live with that. >> the european union is calculating that by deploying such huge financial firepower, it can keep the market said they, saying it is not just ireland but the euro as a whole. >> i think that we on this
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subject, let me show you what europe is doing l at the beginning of the trading day. markets are slightly higher and offering a little bit of relief. who is going to be next? that is the story. bond prices have hit record highs today, but says not bode well. greece may get more time to pay back its bailout loan from the european union and imf. officials are looking at extending the deadline to 7.5 years from the previous three- year agreement. you might remember that greece was extended a 110 billion euros emergency loan package. other stories? bp continues to raise money to help to pay for its massive oil spill in the gulf of mexico. the oil giant has a 60% stake in pan american energy. they will be purchased by
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another argentinian country -- company. figures show that shopping in the united states on the day after thanksgiving, the most important day in the u.s. shopping calendar showed an increase in numbers with a slight rise in actual spending. which one do you think matters more? good to know. iberia shareholders have approved with the asia shareholders that merger. we are now looking at the world's largest airline. >> we are getting breaking news out of cobble, six nato troops have been shot dead by a man doing a training exercise in eastern afghanistan. apparently the man in the police uniform was also killed. we do not yet know the nationality of the nato forces
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that died. part of the troubles we were hearing from the euro zone come down to differences between germany and some of its partners. many germans are angry about having to bail out greece. german consumers are not spending enough to soak up the mend. steve evans reports on economic resurgence creating tension. >> it could be a game show tyrian -- need to be a game show. -- it could be a game show. 3% unemployment, the economy is strong. workers at this state of the art car plant feel they have worked hard and say that these bailouts
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are a spanner in the works. not least, chinese luxury demands. >> they are after extended versions in the market. many customers have chauffeurs, which is what we offer them. >> exports rose on the latest figures with exports over imports doubling. this economy is moving forward nicely, driven by manufacturing. the engine of the german economy is manufacturing. the engine of the european economy is germany. what is the problem? the problem is that german consumers do not like consumers. as they wander across the stores, they cling to their
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wallets. >> most germans think [unintelligible] >> we are quite careful when it comes to spending money. we like to hold our money and save money without spending it on useless things. >> as the german exports bubble, consumers are not pumping up the spending power to match. this department store put on a great show. in germany they argue that other countries should sort out their own economy by working like the germans do, instead of just taking what they can get from the german taxpayer. >> that is almost it from this edition "gmt." there will be plenty more a wikileaks on the -- plenty more on the wikileaks story later on
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